Greed is definitely a large element of the human condition, especially where money is concerned and one we all struggle with in more ways than one. However, some are affected by their material desires more than most like the gentleman in this particular story.
But unfortunately, our material wealth can’t come with us when we die, so it’s better to use our finances for good while we’re still around. One man, however, didn’t understand this concept. He had an odd request at his funeral but luckily his wife was able to outsmart him in the end!
This odd story has gone viral on the internet. Its popularity isn’t so surprising as it seems we need to be reminded that we can’t take our money with us to the grave!
The man in question loved his money more than anything else in the world, even more than his wife who patiently stood by his side all his life. His love for his money went as far as taking the cash with him to the grave.
Just before he died, the man asked his wife to grant his last wish. “Now listen, when I die I want you to take all my money and place it in the casket with me. Because I want to take all my money to the afterlife,” the man told her.
The wife was appalled by her husband’s selfish request but she was later convinced by her husband to agree to bury the money with him.
Well, the man died, as we all will someday, and the wife was torn between granting her husband’s selfish last wish or keeping the money to herself. She was a woman of her word; although her husband was obviously egocentric, she did not want to break her promise.
However, the patient wife had a brilliant idea.
At the funeral, the husband’s dead body was stretched out in the casket while his wife, who was dressed in all black sat next to her best friend. When it was time to bury the husband, the undertakers got ready to close the casket and the wife suddenly asked them to stop
“Wait a minute,” the wife said to the undertakers.
The wife then came over to the casket and placed a shoebox next to her dead husband’s body. She then nodded her head to the undertakers, a gesture to let the undertakers close the casket and bury him
Her best friend who knew about the ridiculous request was in disbelief at the wife’s action so she asked the wife about the shoebox. “‘I hope you weren’t crazy enough to put all that money in there with that stingy old man,'” she exclaimed.
The wife then turned to her best friend, “Yes, I promised. I’m a good Christian, I can’t lie. I promised him that I was to put that money in that casket with him.”
“‘You mean to tell me you put every cent of his money in the casket with him?'” the friend asked.
“I sure did,” the wife answered. “I got it all together, put it into my account and I wrote him a check.”